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Brickell City Centre won the initial green light to expand its footprint, creating two new mixed-use towers within a more than 100,000-square-foot annex to the $1.05 billion project.

The Miami City Commission just approved on first reading an amendment to Brickell City Centre’s special area plan that adds 15 properties owned by Colombian businessman Carlos Mattos, who is partnering with Brickell City Centre developer Swire Properties on the 104,287-square-foot expansion.

According to documents submitted to the city, Mattos and Swire want to build a 54-story building that would have 588 residential units, 84,009 square feet of commercial space and 832 parking spaces, as well as a 62-story tower with 384 residential units, 3,275 square feet of commercial space and 399 parking spaces. Among the sites is the former home of Tobacco Road, the famed watering hole that lasted 102 years before a wrecking ball claimed it in 2014.

Akerman attorney Neisen Kasdin, who represents Swire, told city commissioners the project will likely not break ground until the next cycle.

“It is market-dependent of course because there will be for-sale units there,” Kasdin said. “We are probably looking at a two-to-three-year period.”

The proposed Brickell City Centre annex would also have 11,718 square feet of civic space and the joint venture partners have agreed to build a connection to the Miami Riverwalk, add lighting to the South Miami Avenue Bridge. They will also donate $1 million to the city to be used for renovating single-family houses owned by low-income individuals.

The 15 properties run between Southwest 5th and 7th streets along South Miami Avenue and total just over 2 acres. In 2012, Mattos’ Tobacco Road Property Holdings LLC paid a combined $15.44 million for the majority of the assemblage which consists of nine adjacent properties at 11, 21, 31, 37, 45 and 55 Southwest Seventh Street and 622, 626 and 640 South Miami Avenue in 2012. Swire affiliate BCC Road Improvement LLC paid $4.7 million for the roughly 15,000-square-foot corner piece at 602 South Miami Avenue in 2014.

The expansion still requires final approval, which is often likely once it has been approved on first reading. Brickell City Centre’s first phase included two 390-unit condo towers, Reach and Rise; a 500,000-square-foot outdoor mall; an office building and a 40-story hotel, East, Miami.

 

Source: The Real Deal

Coworking giant WeWork has signed a deal to lease nearly 65,000 square feet of uncompleted office space at Swire Properties’ Brickell City Centre project, sources told The Real Deal.

A source with knowledge of the lease told The Real Deal that WeWork will occupy space at Two Brickell City Centre, the second of two Class A mid-rise office buildings at the project.

A rendering of Two Brickell City Centre and WeWork’s Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann

A rendering of Two Brickell City Centre and WeWork’s Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann

The lease includes “nearly half” of the 132,280-square-foot building’s total space, though an exact size was not given. According to data from the CoStar Group, asking rents at the building average $53 per square foot, annually. That means the lease is likely worth millions of dollars.

Swire Properties has yet to complete the building, though its twin Three Brickell City Centre received its certificate of occupancy earlier this year.

This deal marks one of the largest expansions for WeWork in Miami, mirroring the shared office space provider’s explosive — and at times controversial — growth both in New York and throughout the country.

WeWork landed in South Florida in summer 2015 with its launch of an outpost on Lincoln Road, and the workspace provider jumped to a second 850-desk location at 429 Lenox Avenue in Miami Beach earlier this year.

In its biggest move so far, the company signed a lease for the entirety of downtown Miami’s 16-story Security Building, totaling about 96,000 square feet. WeWork has yet to open that space.

The company has battled both data leaks and challenges to its $16 billion valuation, all while working to aggressively expand in the hot co-working industry.

 

Source: The Real Deal

A European artisanal food market has secured a three-story, 38,000-square-foot space within Brickell City Centre‘s 500,000-square-foot shopping center, developers of the soon-to-open project announced this week.

Swire Properties, along with retail co-developers Whitman Family Development and Simon Property Group said the indoor Italian food hall will anchor the $1.05 billion project’s open-air shopping center being built in Miami’s Brickell financial district.

“We want to bring the tradition and energy of the old world Italian streets and town centers, or piazza, to Miami’s urban core, creating a vibrant central destination for the Brickell community and beyond,” said the companies in a joint statement. “A food market is the heart and soul of most major Italian cities; now the same will be true here in Miami.”

Click the Image to view a SFBJ Slideshow of the Brickell City Centre

Click the Image to view a SFBJ Slideshow of the Brickell City Centre

The food market will open within the north block of the shopping center and feature a variety of eateries selling Italian cuisine. Their wares will include produce, home-meal replacements and imported artisanal cheeses and meats. There will also be live cooking demonstrations, classes by Italian chefs and educational programs on wine and food pairing at the food hall.

“Despite Miami’s immense cultural growth and its rich culinary scene, we have yet to see a food concept quite as extensive as what our food hall partners are introducing at Brickell City Centre,” said Debora Overholt, vice president at Swire Properties, in a statement.

Other restaurants Brickell City Centre has confirmed to open in its shopping center include Pubbelly Sushi, Haagen Dazs, Pasion del Cielo, Taco Chic, American Harvest and others. More food options are available at Brickell City Centre on Sundays, when its weekly, year-round farmers market takes place along the landscaped pathway that runs between Seventh Street and Eighth Street, directly underneath the Metromover track. Its first event was last weekend.

Brickell City Centre encompasses 5.4 million square feet of commercial, residential, office and hotel space, slated to open later this year. In addition to its 500,000-square-foot shopping center, the project includes two condo towers, the 352-room East, Miami hotel and several office buildings.

 

Source: SFBJ

Florida East Coast Realty obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the height of two planned towers in downtown Miami, both designed to rise about 1,000 feet.

The FAA approved the designed height Florida East Coast’s 1,005-foot One Bayfront Plaza and the company’s 995-foot 1201 Brickell development. In a separate decision, the FAA recently approved the designed height of six Miami condo buildings by Related Group, including two taller than 800 feet.

The FAA had issued  preliminary notices of “presumed hazard” to Florida East Coast because the federal agency was concerned that the height of One Bayfront Plaza and 1201 Brickell could interfere with air traffic.

Florida East Coast designed 1201 Brickell as a twin-tower residential development with 787 units. One Bayfront Plaza is planned at a location on the west side of Biscayne Boulevard between Southeast 1 Street and Southeast 2 Street. The $1.4 billion project would include 768,000 square feet of office space. The mixed-use development also would encompass 643 hotel rooms, 97,000 square feet of retail space and 110,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

The tallest building in Miami now is the Four Seasons hotel at 1435 Brickell Avenue, which is 789 feet tall. Florida East Coast will top that when it finishes its 822-foot Panorama Tower at 1101 Brickell Avenue, now under construction. Swire Properties eventually may have the tallest tower in town: The developer plans to build a 1,049-foot tower in a future phase of its Brickell City Centre development along South Miami Avenue between 8 Street and 6 Street.

 

Source: The Real Deal

The developer of Brickell City Centre has placed a larger bet on the office market, as it has converted a planned wellness usage into “Class A” office.

In 2014, law firm Akerman LLP signed a lease to occupy 80 percent of the 130,000-square-foot Brickell City Centre Green tower that was under construction as part of the $1.05 billion project in Miami. The rest of the space was supposed to be for wellness, but developer Swire Properties has made the 26,000 square feet available for office tenants. It also rebranded the tower Three Brickell City Centre. The project will include another office tower of the same size, Two Brickell City Centre.

“One of the two towers, Three Brickell City Centre, although designed with use flexibility, was originally designated as a wellness center, but current market conditions show demand for additional office space,” said Edward Owen, Swire Properties’ office leasing manager. “Swire decided that it was in the best interest of the market to create supply to further Brickell’s growth as a leading international business hub.”

Arquitectonica designed both buildings, which will have floor-to-ceiling glass and 10-foot high walls. Brickell City Centre will also feature a shopping center, restaurants, condos and a hotel. The office, condo and hotel parts of the project should be ready this winter.

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s second quarter report, the Class A office market in downtown Miami has a 13.3 percent vacancy rate and average asking rent of $41.81 per square foot. The last new office delivery was 2010.

CBRE reports that about 1 million square feet of office space is under construction in Miami-Dade County, with Brickell City Centre and All Aboard Florida’s Miami Central Station as the largest projects.

The Business Journal is tracking another 5.4 million square feet of office space that’s in the pipeline in South Florida, as described in a recent centerpiece.

Click here for a “Behind the Scenes” slideshow of the Brickell City Center

 

Source: SFBJ